Perth

  • 15:30 Phil Nelson Handicap Chase2m 7f 180y

  • Winner £12,086 2nd £3,549 3rd £1,774 4th £887
  • Going: Good
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 5m 56.40s
  • Off time: 15:30:23
15:30 Perth Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Red Giant (IRE) 10/1
2nd Swingbridge (IRE) 15/2
3rd Valadom (FR) 4/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR SP
1 65121P Yellow, light green seams, light green and yellow striped sleeves, yellow cap Walt (IRE) 43
Distance Winner
8 11-12 vt N P Mulholland Sam Twiston-Davies 140 7/24.50
2 382121 Emerald Green and White (quartered), Black sleeves, White cap Special Prep (IRE) 27
Distance Winner
7 11-9 pt Miss P Robson Henry Brooke 137 9/25.50
3 7P1P4U Yellow and royal blue stripes, yellow sleeves, royal blue stars, dark blue cap, yellow star More Buck's (IRE) 19
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
9 11-7 t P Bowen James Bowen 135 7/18.00
4 127-430 ROYAL BLUE and WHITE (quartered), BLACK and WHITE striped sleeves and cap Progress Drive (IRE) 60
Distance Winner
8 11-4 b1 N G Richards Craig Nichol 132 11/112.00
5 25R22P Emerald green, red hoop, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Red Giant (IRE) 18
Distance Winner
8 11-3 v Jennie Candlish Sean Quinlan 131 10/111.00
6 610590 White, emerald green chevrons, red cap Swingbridge (IRE) 137
Distance WinnerCourse and Distance Winner
11 11-2 bt G Elliott R Johnson 130 15/28.50
7 22-2425 Emerald Green, Dark Green sleeves, Dark Green and Emerald Green quartered cap Ballykan 40
Course WinnerDistance Winner
9 11-0 pt N A Twiston-Davies D A Jacob 128 8/19.00
8 435242 Royal Blue, Light Blue sleeves, Royal Blue stars, Light Blue cap Valadom (FR) 16
Distance Winner
10 10-12 vt Richard Hobson Rachel McDonald (5) 126 4/15.00

Verdict

Ballykan was only fourth in this two years ago but is now 12lb lower in the weights. Walt won a Grade 3 at Kempton before pulled up in a Listed race at Cheltenham. Swingbridge goes for a fourth course victory and More Buck's is also a previous course and distance winner. Habitual front-runner Valadom has been getting closer and Rachael McDonald takes off a handy 5lb but Progress Drive is blinkered after a poor run in the Eider at Newcastle and Red Giant was always struggling at Aintree. SPECIAL PREP has gone up 9lb for a facile victory at Newcastle. That looks harsh but he’s got few miles on the clock and a fast pace would play to his strengths.